Alzheimer’s New Jersey, formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter, kicks off its “Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s” event this fall at locations in Ocean, Hudson, Mercer and Bergen Counties. The walk is the largest event for the organization to raise awareness and funds to support local programs for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in New Jersey. One hundred percent of the funds raised by Alzheimer’s New Jersey support Garden State individuals and families.
Alzheimer’s New Jersey is a nonprofit organization not affiliated with a national charity whose mission is to provide support, assistance and information to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and their caregivers in New Jersey.
The 2017 walk schedule is as follows:
- Saturday, September 23 – Southern Regional Walk, Point Pleasant Beach, Corner of Arnold & Baltimore Avenues
- Saturday, October 7 – Liberty State Park Regional Walk, Jersey City, Liberty State Park
- Sunday, October 22 – Central Regional Walk, Princeton, ETS Campus
- Sunday, October 29 – Northern Regional Walk, Paramus, Bergen Community College
In addition to the walk, all events will include food, music, prizes and activities for children. At the Point Pleasant walk, a bagpiper will lead the crowd of thousands down one of the most beautiful boardwalks at the Shore. At the walk in Liberty State Park, participants can walk in honor or memory of a loved one in the shadow of one of the most prominent symbols of hope, the Statue of Liberty. Giselle Bellas, a Jersey City resident, will serve as this year’s Ambassador of the Liberty State Park Walk. Giselle is a singer/songwriter whose diverse music includes a single called “Hazy Eyes” that honors her grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. The Princeton walk will take place on the campus of Educational Testing Services (ETS), where the fall foliage will be at its peak, and at Bergen Community College, hot dogs and hamburgers, served by the local Knights of Columbus, will be waiting for walk participants.
Each event starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration and light breakfast. T-shirts will be distributed to all participants who raise a minimum of $50. There is no fee to register.
“This year’s walks are critically important for the more than 500,000 New Jersey residents who have Alzheimer’s disease or are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias,” said Ken Zaentz, President and CEO. “Since we separated from the Alzheimer’s Association, our walk has a new name, but it’s still the same walk in the same locations by the team you know and trust. We know New Jersey, we are New Jersey and we are here for New Jersey families when they need us, using contributions to support the local needs of families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.”
Walk to Fight Alzheimer's teams are made up of families, friends, and co-workers who come together to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's New Jersey programs and services, as well as research. Corporate, company and individual sponsorships are welcome. Last year the walks raised more than $750,000 and Alzheimer’s New Jersey expects some 10,000 walkers this year.
“Participation in our walks continues to grow, and we look forward to seeing even more familiar and new faces this year,” said Julie Schuldner, Vice President, Development and Communications.